There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. With her life about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.
But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people—suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.
I read this book purely because the cover was captivating. There was something about the cover that seemed attractive, but truth be told, I was rather disappointed by this book.
PLOT AND CHARACTERS:
“Forget You” is about Zoey Commander, everyone’s best friend, swimmer and pretty blonde, who loses her memory after an accident.
Zoey is in some serious trouble after her mother attempts suicide and her father tries to cover it up. Then there are the two boys in her life: Brandon and Doug. Brandon, her supposed “boyfriend” is exactly the kinda guy Zoey should know better than to call her boyfriend. I don’t even get the reason why she keeps telling Doug, who’s much more interesting, that Brandon is her “boyfriend”. That makes her look incredibly stupid.
Again, the writing did not do much to impress me. It was just so-so, with a good deal of amnesia thrown in. I read this book expecting that some complicated stuff might have happened during the time Zoey did not remember after she lost her memory. In that aspect I was disappointed: nothing really complicated had happened.
Good point of this book? The guy, Doug. Strangely enough, I sort of liked him even though I really didn’t like Zoey and the way she thought. The end seemed to be some kind of patched up thing with everyone and everything suddenly falling over them to make everything all right in Zoey’s life (except her father, thank God) – a miraculous recovery, a rescue from drowning…I just found everything undeveloped and lacking direction. Except for some rare good scenes in the book, it was just another book you might read on a flight and then decide not great enough to grace your bookshelf.
Verdict: Read it, and then decide if you want to buy it.
There’s something soft and appealing about the cover. I prefer soft and tender to racy in books. There wasn’t enough softness or tenderness in the book.
Every strong swimmer has a story about nearly drowning.
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